Success in the Arctic depends on unity of effort among Arctic nations. Why? Because no single nation has the sovereignty, capacity or control over all the resources necessary to meet the emerging challenges in the Arctic. While in Greenland, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft and Sen. Angus King met with the Joint Arctic Command, government dignitaries, leaders of indigenous communities and members of the scientific community to learn more about how our missions may change in this complicated operating environment.
Environmental changes in the polar regions are boosting new economic opportunities and transforming maritime activity in the regions. Access to previously unreachable natural resources is now possible and is encouraging new sovereignty claims by Arctic nations.
As the cruise ship Crystal Serenity and her 1,700 passengers and crew began her maiden northerly voyage from Alaska to New York this past week, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft and Arctic Caucus co-chairman Sen. Angus King held engagements in Greenland to personally observe and better understand the changes occurring in the Arctic.
Today marks 226 years of service by America’s Coast Guard. Building upon our proud history, we are boldly addressing the vast maritime challenges facing our Nation. Strategically focused, we are leading the way into the 21st century. Guided by our suite of regional and functional strategies, we are focused in the Western Hemisphere, and Arctic and on guaranteeing economic security by countering the threats to our maritime infrastructure and cyber networks.
Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft released a Mid-Term Report today, highlighting organizational accomplishments since May 2014 and outlining the Coast Guard’s way forward for the next two years and beyond.
Polar Star’s engineering crew knows more about the saga of aging cutters than the average Coast Guardsman. Every patrol, maintenance issues occur regularly, but Operation Deep Freeze 2016 was the “mother” of all casualties for the 40-year old cutter, threatening to halt a resupply mission for the U.S. Antarctic Program in Antarctica.
Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft appeared before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard today, first sharing his gratitude for the committee’s support of the 88,000 men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard.
At the start of the month, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft testified on the Coast Guard’s budget before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security. Today, the Commandant was back on the Hill, discussing the need for continued investments in Coast Guard platforms and people with the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation.
During the annual leadership address at the Coast Guard Academy, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft talked to the Academy’s Corps of Cadets about the current state of the Coast Guard workforce, our close ties to the Department of Homeland Security, and his “view from the bridge.”
Just over a week after his second State of the Coast Guard Address, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft appeared before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security. He began his testimony by thanking the committee for their continued investments in Coast Guard men and women, including the Coast Guard’s largest acquisition budget ever in 2016.